CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Our vision is to inspire a world that nourishes all people, local economies, and the living earth. CUESA is committed to centering equity and inclusion in our programs and across all aspects of our organization.
The Education Manager is responsible for implementing two of CUESA’s education programs, including managing our Foodwise Teens program and crafting educational experiences for adults, such as in-person talks or online events featuring local farmers and food system innovators. This position works collaboratively with the CUESA team to deliver mission-driven content to children, teens, and adults to increase their understanding of and connection with food and agriculture, and requires in-person work, with the option for occasional remote work. This position will review existing education programs, which have been modified for distance learning during the pandemic, to improve and enhance their impact as we bring back in-person programming. CUESA’s education programs include Foodwise Kids, Foodwise Families, Foodwise Teens, Foodwise Talks, and Farmers Market Education Programming, including cooking demos and other interactive education.
Facilitate Foodwise Teens, a 10-week job training program. CUESA’s Foodwise Teens program is a paid after-school internship for high school students to explore food justice while gaining experience in growing produce, preparing food, and working at CUESA’s farmers markets. Foodwise Teens offers students training in food systems, garden and culinary education, customer engagement, and general job readiness. Students further their understanding of food systems, develop nourishing eating habits, a closer connection to nature, and gain transferable life and career skills.
Manage Foodwise Teens job training program in-person at three partner SFUSD schools: Mission High School, John O'Connell, and The Academy SF@ MacAteer
Facilitate, implement, and revise curriculum for Foodwise Teen programming
Plan and manage the program timeline
Recruit and interview students for a 10-week training program (fall and spring)
Recruit, interview, and facilitate a 6-8 Summer Fellowship Program and Summer Program participation
Serve as primary liaison with schools and community partners
Recruit and supervise adult interns to support the program
Lead students in practical garden and culinary work
Facilitate farmers market work days for youth
Conduct surveys and program evaluation
Advise on program budget, and track and report on program expenses
Develop, organize, and execute public educational programming for online and in-person formats. Collaborating closely with colleagues, the Education Manager will design and execute in-person and online educational experiences to reach CUESA’s multiple audiences, including adults, families, and youth, based on educational messages and goals.
Collaborate with department directors to execute in-person and online talks or panel discussions
Manage, execute, and host in-market programming, such as public cooking demos or classes
Recruit and coordinate involvement of farmers, chefs, partners, and other experts
Develop online written content and other educational pieces
Collaborate and support educational work across departments. The Education Manager will work collaboratively with CUESA staff in marketing and communications, development, and market operations to support additional educational and general organizational activities, as needed.
Develop training or other opportunities for market operations staff to assist with in-market educational programs
Work with market operations team to create tactical plans for in-market programming
Contribute content to the monthly newsletter sent to all businesses who sell in our markets
Support Market Match and Food Access education in the farmers market
Contribute to and implement Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Frameworks and work plans within education programs
Support CUESA fundraising events
Provide program updates as requested for fundraising and grant reporting
Foundational understanding of sustainable food systems and their structures, especially food access and food equity issues, with a clear sense of the Bay Area food landscape in particular
Significant knowledge of youth education strategies and methods, including youth development
Multicultural competency and familiarity with working with and supervising teens from diverse backgrounds in San Francisco
Significant knowledge of equity frameworks and the implementation of them in nonprofit settings
Basic competency working and teaching in kitchen and garden settings
Familiarity with farmers markets and small farm operations
Required Skills & Experience
Demonstrated expertise in teaching youth and understanding youth development
Successful track record working with and managing teams and supervising others, including staff, interns, and volunteers
Proficiency in collaborative decision making
Demonstrate commitment to sharing information about gardening, cooking, sustainable agriculture, food access, local food systems, and food justice
Excellent public speaking skills
Enthusiastic personality and a positive, can-do attitude
Ability to establish and maintain great working relationships with a variety of constituents such as students, teachers, school district administrators, fellow educators in the nonprofit space, funders, colleagues, farmers market sellers, volunteers, donors, and event attendees
Strong writing skills and attention to detail for a variety of correspondence such as grant applications and reporting, policies/procedures, informational documents, and contracts
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and emotional intelligence
Demonstrated experience managing project and program budgets
Computer and software proficiency: Google Suite, Microsoft
Desired Skills & Experience
Language proficiency in Spanish or Chinese
Expertise in curriculum development and program evaluation
Familiarity with Salesforce platform
Familiarity with design programs such as Adobe Creative Suite
This is a full-time, salaried position based on 40 hour/week.
The work schedule is Tuesday - Saturday, generally 8 hours/day, with evenings as needed. Evening obligations are generally no more than twice a month. Some flexibility in the weekend schedule is possible.
Salary is set at $62,000 (non-negotiable) and includes workers compensation coverage, earned sick leave, paid vacation, and holidays. Medical, vision, and dental care benefits are provided.
This position works directly with youth and will require a DOJ background check and TB testing.
This position requires in-person work when running programming at the farmers market, deemed an essential function, or in schools or school gardens, as mandates allow. Personal Protective Equipment is provided, and all mandated social distancing and health requirements are followed. Non-farmers market/in-person work may be conducted from home during the pandemic.
This position reports to the Executive Director.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by EOD Friday, June 18, 2021. Email submissions only; no phone calls, please.
CUESA is an equal opportunity employer that strives to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with other marginalized identities to apply.